LEISURE: Festival offers £5,000 funding for creatives to take part in 10th anniversary


Arts by the sea festival is calling for artists and creatives to participate in its anniversary event.

Applications are open for contributors to take part at Bournemouth’s annual celebration of art, culture, people and place. Funding up to £5000 will be allocated for exceptional, outdoor commissions. The event is taking place from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September 2020.

Arts by the Sea is particularly interested in receiving applications from those based in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, although anyone in the UK is eligible to apply. If you are wanting to submit an idea you will need to complete the online form by 30th March 2020.

This Open Call provides a fantastic opportunity for both established and emerging talents to showcase their work. arts festival The works of previous winners were a festival highlight this year, the bespoke ‘BeachHUTS’ commission by 2019 winner, Andy McKeown, used light, sound and projection to create a mesmerising display of footage captured from the local area. And the work of 2018 winner, Jack Wates was also staged this year. His piece titled ‘Colour Curve’ was a mind-bending, large-scale light installation where 120 coloured streetlights were lit along Bournemouth Beach.

Festival Director and Cultural Development Management at BCP Council, Andrea Francis explains: “We value emerging and established artists and the high-quality work that can make a strong impact on our audience and our town. We support artistic work that is relevant, connects with, and is meaningful to, our audience.

“Anybody residing in the UK is eligible to apply, but we will prioritise applications from those who are based locally in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. We also welcome applications from the surrounding region of Dorset. Arts by the Sea is committed to promoting equality and diversity across our programme and we actively encourage applications from artists of any ethnicity, gender and irrespective of any disability.”

Successful applicants for the funding will be announced on and after 15th April 2020. If you are wanting to apply for this artistic opportunity you can find the detailed application guidelines here.


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